Parents of Twice Exceptional Kids in New York City main@2eNYC.groups.ioDo you have a twice exceptional (2e) child - a child who is both gifted and has special needs? Most 2e children are not recognized until they are in school - often not until they are well into their education and then start to lag behind. Maybe your child is in a gifted program and floundering, or in a special ed program and not being challenged?
Children who are twice exceptional often test poorly - scoring in the superior or exceptional range on some sections of an IQ test, and below average in others - leading to a full scale IQ result that doesn't really represent your child's abilities - and placement in school programs that don't meet their needs.
Our group will focus on school-age children and the complex issues they face on a daily basis, as meeting the academic needs of twice exceptional children can be just as challenging as meeting their social and emotional needs.
Here is a definition that we feel is very appropriate to describe a twice exceptional child:
Twice exceptional individuals evidence exceptional ability and disability, which results in a unique set of circumstances. Their exceptional ability may dominate, hiding their disability; their disability may dominate, hiding their exceptional ability; each may mask the other so that neither is recognized or addressed.
2e students, who may perform below, at, or above grade level, require the following:
• Specialized methods of identification that consider the possible interaction of the exceptionalities,
• Enriched/advanced educational opportunities that develop the child’s interests, gifts, and talents while also meeting the child's learning needs,
• Simultaneous supports that ensure the child’s academic success and social–emotional well-being, such as accommodations, therapeutic interventions, and specialized instruction, and
Working successfully with this unique population requires specialized academic training and ongoing professional development.
If you are the parent of such a child, we feel your joy (and your pain). With the lack of resources available for our children, this is our own space to exchange resources and get help.
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